CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV and artist Grayson Perry’s latest creation

Grayson’s Art Club Rating: The Great British Intelligence Test Rating: Three cheers for the irascible Maggi Hambling. While celebrities were falling over themselves to appear on Grayson’s Art Club (C4), the 74-year-old sculptress announced that either she did it her way or everyone else could get stuffed.  First of all, she wasn’t doing any of this … Read more

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller do the monster mash: PATRICK MARMION reviews Frankenstein

Frankenstein (NT at Home, YouTube) Verdict: There be monsters… Rating: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BBC iPlayer) Verdict: A dream of a Dream Rating: Duelling has been illegal in Britain for hundreds of years, but that didn’t stop Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller going musket to musket in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein in 2011. Danny … Read more

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Snappy Britt gives Duncan a bite he’ll never forget

The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC1) Rating: First Dates Hotel (C4)  Rating: You can tell a lot about a celeb from what he packs in his suitcase. Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld, cricket commentator and bon viveur, took an armful of colourful shirts and a bottle of champagne to India, on The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC1). Paul ‘Chuckle … Read more

Chris Hemsworth goes from Marvel hero to killing machine: BRIAN VINER reviews Extraction

Extraction (Netflix, 15) Verdict: Violent and derivative Rating: Extraction. It seems fitting that a film that sounds like a dental training video should set your teeth on edge. It stars Chris Hemsworth as that staple character of modern action movies, the former ‘special ops’ soldier, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, now working as … Read more

Women could be allowed to freeze their eggs for DECADES as government reviews ten-year limit 

Women could be allowed to freeze their eggs for DECADES as government reviews current ten-year limit After 10 years frozen eggs must be used in fertility treatment or destroyed Campaigners say the current practice is  arbitrary’ and has no scientific basis Treatment cycles with frozen eggs rose from 410 in 2012 to 1,462 in 2017  By … Read more

Mail on Sunday reviews new breed of vegan burgers, created in a lab to taste like real beef

Few things in life are as simple – or as pleasurable to eat – as a burger. That first bite, the rich, meaty and slightly charred flavours, mixed with smooth, salty cheese, the sharpness of onion and the tang of veg and sauce. If this sounds vaguely obsessive, it’s because I’ve not eaten one since … Read more

The Inspector reviews Mannings Hotel in Truro, Cornwall

Truro’s coat of arms shows a tin miner and a fisherman, in homage to the industries that made the city what it is today. The mining has long gone, and the fishing is under threat, but, somehow, Truro rumbles on, with its mix of Gothic, Georgian and Victorian buildings, independent stores (a few, anyway) and … Read more